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Chiltern Tracker 26/05/2013

The Society ran another Train Operating Company based Tracker charter on Sunday 26th May, with an on-time departure from Marylebone and nearly 200 people on board Chiltern Railways' DMU number 168107, at 11.05. The comprehensive track coverage saw the tour visit sidings in Marylebone station, Wembley depot, Wembley turnback siding, Gerrards Cross turnback sidings, Aylesbury depot, traversal of the Thame branch to the end of the line, Princes Risborough engineers' sidings and Bicester turnback siding amongst many other rare track highlights. The tour, facilitated by Chiltern Railways who provided the unit and organised, with BLS input, the route was also made possible by the superb support from Network Rail both on the ground and in the signalbox at Marylebone. Chiltern Railways' staff fully entered into the spirit of the tour and special mention must be made and thanks passed to Paul Clewlow from Chiltern Railways who assisted greatly in the initial planning and on the day operation of the tour. All the organisations involved in the running of the tour provided their services free and, with the on board raffles, enabled the tour to raise over £10,000 for the Railway Children Charity. The tour returned to Marylebone a few minutes early having spent a leisurely day in glorious sunshine wandering around the southern part of the Chiltern Railways network.

Chiltern Railway Depot Tracker Depot Plans

Timings
Unit Used: 168107 (58157+58757+58457+58257)
Route :
1Z21 : London Marylebone to Gerrards Cross Siding
1Z65 : Gerrards Cross Siding to Aylesbury
1Z66 : Aylesbury to Great Missenden
1Z67 : Great Missenden to Aylesbury
1Z68 : Aylesbury to Bicester North Turnback Siding
1Z72 : Bicester North Turnback Siding to London Marylebone
Leading Route
58157 London Marylebone - Marylebone Up Tunnel Siding
58257 Marylebone Up Tunnel Siding - Marylebone Wall Siding
58157 Marylebone Wall Siding - Neasden South Jn - Great Central Jn - Wembley L.M.D. Recp - Carriage Washer - By-Pass (Road 1)
58257 Wembley L.M.D. By-Pass (Road 1) - Road 5
58157 Wembley L.M.D. Road 5 - (via Road 1 points) - Depot Building Road 3 - Wembley Stadium - Wembley Turnback Siding
58257 Wembley Turnback Siding - Wembley Stadium - Neasden South Jn
58157

Neasden South Jn - Great Central Jn - Wembley Stadium - Northolt Park Jn - South Ruislip - Ruislip Gardens Jn - West Ruislip - Gerrards Cross - Gerrards Cross Turnback Siding

58257 Gerrards Cross Turnback Siding - West Ruislip
58157 West Ruislip - Gerrards Cross - High Wycombe - Princes Risborough - Little Kimble - Aylesbury - Aylesbury DMU Depot - Headshunt No.2
58257 Aylesbury DMU Depot, Headshunt No.2 - Road 'A' Shed Door
58157 Aylesbury DMU Depot, Road 'A' Shed Door - Headshunt No.1
58257 Aylesbury DMU Depot, Headshunt No.1 - Aylesbury Branch Siding
58157 Aylesbury Branch Siding - Aylesbury Sig.ME792
58257 Aylesbury Sig.ME792 - Aylesbury - Aylesbury Down Carriage Siding No.7
58157 Aylesbury Up Carriage Siding No.7 - Aylesbury
58257 Aylesbury - Aylesbury Up Carriage Siding No.1
58157 Aylesbury Up Carriage Siding No.1 - Aylesbury
58257 Aylesbury - Aylesbury Up Carriage Siding No.6
58157 Aylesbury Up Carriage Siding No.6 - Aylesbury - Aylesbury North Loop - Aylesbury Sig.ME302
58257 Aylesbury Sig.ME302 - Aylesbury - Stoke Mandeville - Great Missenden - Great Missenden (South)
58157 Great Missenden (South) - Great Missenden - Stoke Mandeville - Aylesbury
58257 Aylesbury - Little Kimble - Princes Risborough - High Wycombe
58157 High Wycombe - Princes Risborough - Thame Branch Siding
58257 Thame Branch Siding - Princes Risborough [P4] - A.C.E. Sidings (Siding Nearest DM)
58157 Princes Risborough CE Sidings - Princes Risborough [P4] - Thame Branch Siding
58257 Thame Branch Siding - Princes Risborough
58157 Princes Risborough - Princes Risborough Sig.ME666
58257 Princes Risborough Sig.ME666 - Princes Risborough
58157 Princes Risborough - Haddenham & Thame Parkway - Bicester North - Bicester North Sig.ME2034
58257 Bicester North Sig.ME2034 - Bicester North
58157 Bicester North - Bicester North Turnback Siding
58257 Bicester North Turnback Siding - Bicester North - Haddenham & Thame Parkway - Princes Risborough - High Wycombe - Beaconsfield - Gerrards Cross - West Ruislip - Wembley Stadium - Neasden South Jn - London Marylebone

Notes :
(1) A joint venture between The Branch Line Society and Chiltern Railways, with proceeds going to
The Railway Children Charity.

 

Timings (Booked & actual) (4)
(from Alan Sheppard & Colin Ward)

Location Original Booked Final Booked Actual   Original Booked Final Booked Actual
Crewe 09.21 [P2] 09.21 [P2] 09.22 [P2]   18.34a [P4] 18.35 [P2] 18.47 [P2]
Crewe Up & Dn Pottery Loop ? 09/26 09/24 [Up/Dn PotL]  
Crewe North Stafford Jn 09/24 09/27 09/25   18/31 18/31½ ?
Barthomley Jn 09/27 09/30 09/28½   18/28 18/28½ ?
Alsager 09/29½ 09/32½ 09/31 [P2]   18.25½ 18/26 18/39 [P1]
Alsager Up & Dn Goods Loop via UpDnG 09/37½ 09/32 [Up/Dn GL]  
Kidsgrove 09/39 09/44 09*38½ ~ 09*45   18/23 18/23½ 18/36
Bradwell Jn 09/43 [GL] 09/50½ [GL] 09/49½ [UGL]  
Longport Jn 09/46 09/51½ 09/51  
Grange Jn 09/48 [GL] 09*58 ~ 09*58½ [GL] 09/53½ [UGL]   18/16 18/16½ 18/30
Newcastle Jn (Staffs)   18/10 [GL] 18/09 [GL] 18/23 [DGL]
Stoke North Jn 10/05 [DnUpM] ?     ? ?  
Stoke-on-Trent 10.09a ~ 10.15d [P2] 10.09½a ~ 10.15½d [P2] 10.08 ~ 10.16½ [P2]   18.05a ~ 18.07d 18.04½a ~ 18.06½d 18.20 ~ 18.21 [P2]
Stoke Jn 10/17 10/17½ 10/18   18/02 18/01½ 18/18½
Longton 10/20½ 10/21 10/21½   17/42½ 17/47 18/14
Caverswall 10/24 10/24½ 10/25   17/40 17/44½ 18/11
Blythe Bridge 10/25 10/25½ 10/26   17/39 17/43½ 18/10
Uttoxeter Signal Box 10/35½ 10/36 10/35½   17/26½ 17/31 18/00
Uttoxeter 10.37a ~ 10.39d 10.37½a ~ 10.39½d 10.37 ~ 10.39 [P1]   17.23a ~ 17.25d 17.27½a ~ 17.29½d 17.57½ ~ 17.58½ [P2]
Tutbury & Hatton 10/47 10/47½ 10/46½   17/15½ 17/20 17/50
North Stafford Jn 11/03 11/03 10.53 ~ 10.57   17/10 17/14½ 17/44
Stenson Jn 11/03½ 11/03½ 10/58½   17/09 17/13½ 17/43
Sunny Hill 11/06½ [UGL] 11/07½ [GL] 11/02½ [UGL]   17/06 [DGL] 17/09 17.36 ~ 17.39 [DGL]
Melbourne Jn 11.08½ ~ 11.20 11.14½ ~ 11.22½ 11/04½   17/04 17/06 17/35
L.N.W. Jn Derby 11/22 11/24½ 11/07   17/01½ 17/03½ [GL] 17/33 [DnGW]

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard)
M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00
London Marylebone 11.05d [P1] 11.05½d [P1]
0.55
Marylebone Up Tunnel Siding 11.08 ~ 11.15 11.09 ~ 11.11½
1.30
Marylebone Wall Siding 11.18 ~ 11.25 11.17½ ~ 11.20
6.41
Neasden South Jn 11/33 11/30½
7.14
Wembley Great Central Way Jn 11/35 11/32
 
Wembley Depot 11*37 ~ 11.33½ ~ 11.36½ [Recp]
 
Carriage Washer ? 11/38½
 
By-Pass (Road 1) ??.?? ~ ??.?? 11.40 ~ 11.45
 
Road 5 ??.?? ~ ??.?? 11.49½ ~ 11.53
7.42 
Depot Building Road 3 ? 12.04½ ~ 12.14½
 
Depot Exit (Sig. ME383) ~ 12*27 12.16½ ~ 12.22
7.72
Wembley Stadium 12/29 [P2] 12/23 [P2]
8.11
Wembley Turnback Siding 12.31 ~ 12.38 12.28 ~ 12.40
 
Wembley Stadium 12/40 [P2] 12/42 [P1]
 
Neasden South Jn 12/42 12/45½ [UM]
10.04
Neasden South Jn Sig.ME525 12.43 ~ 12.50 12.46 ~ 12.48 [UM]
10.27
Neasden South Jn 12/51 12/48½ [UM]
 
Great Central Way Jn Sig.ME327 ? 12/51 [UM-DM]
11.58
Wembley Stadium 12/53 [P2] 12/52½ [P2]
16.58
Northolt Park Jn 12/57 [FL] 12/56 [DF]
16.65
South Ruislip 12/58 12/57
18.18
Ruislip Gardens Jn ? 12/58 [DM-UM]
18.46
West Ruislip 13*01 ~ 13*02 [UPL] 13/00 [UPL] [P4]
 
West Ruislip (North) ? [UPL-DM]
23.76
Gerrards Cross 13/09 [P1] 13/07 [P1] [DM-UM]
24.24
Gerrards Cross Turnback Siding 13.11 ~ 13.20 13.10½ ~ 13.19½
 
Gerrards Cross 13/22 [P1] [UM-DM] 13/22½ [P1] [DM-UM]
30.02
West Ruislip 13.28 ~ 13.35 [UPL] 13.29 ~ 13.36½ [UPL] [P4]
35.32
Gerrards Cross 13/42 [P1] 13/43 [P1]
44.43
High Wycombe 13/50 [P2] 13/49½ [P2]
49.41
Saunderton 13/55 13/54 [P2]
52.54
Princes Risborough 13*59 ~ 14*00 [P2] 13.59 ~ 14.03½ [P2]
55.42
Little Kimble 14/13 14.09 ~ 14.10½
59.68
Aylesbury 14.21a ~ 15.00d [P1] 14.19½a ~ 15.01d [P1]
 
Headshunt No.2 15.05 ~ 15.?? 15.06½ ~ 15.09
60.18
Aylesbury DMU Depot 15.?? ~ 15.?? 15.12 ~ 15.15 [Road 'A' Shed Door]
 
Headshunt No.1 15.?? ~ 15.37 15.17 ~ 15.19½
 
Aylesbury Sig.ME393 15.42 ~ 15.?? [P1] 15.22 ~ 15.25 [P1 Platform End]
60.48
Aylesbury Branch Siding 15.?? ~ 15.49 15.28½ ~ 15.33
60.56
Aylesbury Sig.ME792 15.53 ~ 15.58 15.35 ~ 15.37½
 
Aylesbury 16/00 [P2] 15.40 ~ 15.42 [P2]
61.15
Aylesbury (SDGS 1-7) 16.03 ~ 16.10 [Up Carr.Sdg.1] 15.46 ~ 15.51 [Dn Carr.Sdg.7]
 
Aylesbury 16.13 ~ 16.19 [P3] 15.55½ ~ 15.57 [P2]
61.77
Aylesbury (SDGS 1-7) 16.22 ~ 16.29 [Down Carr.Sdg.7] 16.02 ~ 16.06 [Up Carr.Sdg.1]
(+)
Aylesbury (Additional Due To Early Running) 16.11 ~ 16.12 [P3]
(+)
Aylesbury (SDGS 1-7) (Additional Due To Early Running) 16.18 ~ 16.27 [Down Carr.Sdg.6]
62.28
Aylesbury 16*32 ~ 16*33 [P2] 16/28 [P2]
62.53
Aylesbury North Loop 16*37 ~ 16*40 16.36 ~ 16.41 [Loop]
63.16
Aylesbury Sig.ME302 16.42 ~ 16.49 16.43 ~ 16.44
64.04
Aylesbury 16*52 ~ 16*53 [P2] 16.49 ~ 16.50½ [P2]
66.22
Stoke Mandeville 16/57 [P1] 16/54½ [P1]
68.54
Wendover 16/59 [P1] 16/56½ [P1]
73.17
Great Missenden 17/04 [P1] 17.01 ~ 17.02 [P1]
73.20
Great Missenden (South) ??.?? ~ ??.?? 17.02½ ~ 17.04½
 
Great Missenden 17/10 [P2] 17/05 [P2]
 
Wendover 17/18 [P2] 17/11 [P2]
 
Stoke Mandeville 17/20 [P2] 17/13 [P2]
82.36
Aylesbury 17.23 ~ 17.33 [P2] 17.16 ~ 17.34 [P2]
 
Little Kimble 17/42 17/42½
89.50
Princes Risborough 17/48 [P2] 17/48 [P2]
 
Saunderton 17/52 17/51½ [P1]
97.61
High Wycombe 17.59 ~ 18.05 [P2] [UM-DM] 17.58½ ~ 18.01½ [P2]
 
Saunderton 18/11 18/06½ [P2]
105.72
Princes Risborough 18*15 ~ 18*16 [P3] 18.10½ ~ 18.12½ [P3]
106.42
Thame Branch Siding 18.18 ~ 18.?? 18.21½ ~ 18.29½
 
Princes Risborough ? 18/39 [P4]
107.12
Princes Risborough ACE Sidings 18.?? ~ 18.?? 18.41 ~ 18.43 (Sdg. Nearest DM)
107.62
Thame Branch Siding 18.?? ~ 18.41 18.50 ~ 18.51½ [Sig.ME174]
 
Princes Risborough 18.43 ~ 18.48 [P3] 18.54 ~ 18.56 [P3]
108.57
Princes Risborough Sig.ME666 18.50 ~ 18.55 [DM] 18.57½ ~ 18.58½ [DM]
109.02
Princes Risborough 18.57 ~ 19.09 [UM] 19.00 ~ 19.06 [UM]
114.67
Haddenham & Thame Parkway 19/15 [P1] 19/11½ [P1]
 
Bicester North (London End) ? 19/22½ [DM-UM]
127.58
Bicester North 19*27 ~ 19*27 [P2] [Up-Dn] 19/24 [P2]
 
Bicester North (Country End) ? 19/24½ [UM-DM]
128.16
Bicester North Sig.ME2034 19.29 ~ 19.34 [Dn-Up] 19.25 ~ 19.27
 
Bicester North (Country End) ? 19/27½ [DM-UM]
128.54
Bicester North 19.36 ~ 19.41 [P2] 19.29½ ~ 19.30½ [P2]
129.12
Bicester North Turnback Siding 19.43 ~ 19.52 19.34½ ~ 19.51½
129.50
Bicester North 19.54a ~ 19.55d [P2] 19.55a ~ 19.56½ [P2]
142.41
Haddenham & Thame Parkway 20.07a ~ 20.08d [P2] 20.06a ~ 20.08d [P2]
148.26
Princes Risborough 20/14 [UM] 20/13 [UM]
 
Saunderton 20/17 20/15
156.37
High Wycombe 20.22a ~ 20.23d [P3] 20.19a ~ 20.21d [P3]
161.25
Beaconsfield 20.29a ~ 20.30d [P1] 20.27a ~ 20.28d [P1]
 
Gerrards Cross 20.36a ~ 20.37d [P2] 20.34a ~ 20.35d [P2]
 
West Ruislip 20/42 20/39
 
South Ruislip 20/44 20/40
 
Wembley Stadium 20/49 [P1] 20/44 [P1]
179.17
Neasden South Jn 20/51 20/45
184.28
London Marylebone 20.59a [P2] 20/52 [P3]

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